$360 per date. 6 dates in 12 months. 0 second dates. Weigh up your options before you sign up.
The good: staff are lovely. You can’t fault them for being polite & professional.
The not so good: despite a thorough consult - I required a second one with Linda as clearly the matches provided to me up until that point were not going to a second date.
I was clear about deal breakers from the beginning - and on 3 occasions was matched (once) with or going to be potentially matched (2 times) with what I said was a deal breaker for me.
Matches were at a minimum 6 weeks apart (I was reminded on at least two occasions I could review contract to see it in there / when I questioned time spent waiting).
Matches themselves - one was definitely not someone I would recommend to anyone! That was my first date. My mantra - it can only get better. Luckily that was the case.
The others were nice guys but not guys I was attracted to. At initial consult - I was shown images of the ‘type’ of guys I was attracted to. None of my dates (bar one) came close physically. For that one who did come close - I would have gone on a second date with but he didn’t feel the same way. That’s understandable.
Does this service work? It may work for others but it didn’t for me. I’m not sure if this is a cultural issue (I raised this at initial consult and later on when I found matches not great. I specifically asked if they had gentleman in their database who were attracted to ladies of my heritage). This was important to me and I was advised there were.
Overall - to quantify this experience - I paid $360 per date with only one that I would have gone on a second date with! For me - not a great return on investment at all. Not a single 2nd date. I had more luck on online dating (and that was free)!
In 12 months I went on 6 dates! So that’s a date every 2 months.
If you’re okay with those figures above - go ahead! If you cringed at the above figures - I’d recommend you seriously don’t consider Ideal. I might add I got a mid range product - there are more expensive ones available.
Overall as I said - the staff are lovely. I just thinks it’s a massive spend when it doesn’t work.
Seriously weigh up cost before you sign up. Don’t be drawn in by the pics you are shown!
Happy partner seeking and may Cupid find you!
Linda has been in touch with me to to discuss my experience and to work together to get a better outcome. It’s not often businesses do that! Again - the staff at ideal can’t be faulted for their professionalism.
Watch this space....
Not what I was sold on.
Have been meaning to write a review of my experiences for some time now.
Firstly the lady that I spoke to [name removed] at the Brisbane office was awesome. Really made me feel at ease with the questions and trying to get a feel for what I was after. Unfortunately we had a miscommunication about one issue which didn't help.
My biggest problem was the time frame and lack of communication. Took about 4 to 5? weeks after paying the first part of my fee to go on my first date. Unfortunately because of the miscommunication we were not ideally matched and my date said right from the get go I was totally outside her age bracket.
Then i waited for two months without communication from Ideal, other than a phone call to get the second half of my fee.
I rang up to find out what was going on and they told me it was difficult to match me because I don't want children.
While I understand that, If I had been told of this originally instead of being told to expect 1 or possibly 2 dates a month I wouldn't have signed up.
Long story short, Great people to deal with, but for me unable to deliver on their promises ,and when they have your money, they have your money with no hope of refund.
Average middle aged fema
Expensive and disappointing
I am finding the process demeaning, the communication lacking. I spoke with one of the ladies last week who told me I need to be more realistic, then came up with a match who was 9 (!!) years my senior. I was told that men in my age group were really looking to date a woman a decade less.
I have now spoken with others that have had a very similar experience. This is not a rout that I would recommend!